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The second independent review of the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011 (the Act) has begun. The review will assess the performance of the asbestos compensation laws against the objectives of the Act. The review will also consider the ongoing viability and sustainability of our asbestos compensation scheme, performance of the scheme (in terms of entitlements, premiums and coverage), and ongoing relevance and or currency of recommendations from the first review in 2016.
Section 187 of the Act requires than an independent review be undertaken every 5 years. The Tasmanian Government is committed to Tasmania’s asbestos compensation scheme, which provides an important function in ensuring workers and their families living with asbestos-related diseases can access statutory compensation.
Former Coroner Rod Chandler and compensation policy expert Liz Gilllam have been appointed to undertake the review.
Both Mr Chandler and Ms Gillam have extensive knowledge and experience. Mr Chandler is a former Tasmanian Coroner who also served as Commissioner of the (previously titled) Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal and Asbestos Compensation Tribunal. Liz Gillam is a former State Servant with extensive experience in the development, implementation and review of legislation, including workers rehabilitation and compensation legislation.
A final report of the review will be tabled in parliament by 31 October 2022.